Toy Review/Pictorial: Transformers Prime BEAST HUNTERS Wheeljack

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It’s “Prime” time here at Kuma Style, as we review the Beast Hunters version of Wheeljack! A very strong retool of the previous Prime: R.I.D. mold, this toy differentiates itself quite a bit, and in a good way.

Video Segments:

Out Of The Box: Beginning

Figure Overview: 1:43

Transformation: 6:56

Alt. Mode: 13:34

Final Thoughts: 16:08

Honestly, I can’t tell you whether this is a good likeness to the series or not, since Beast Hunters has yet to start and reveal the actual character models being used. What I can tell you is that the washed paint effects, and things like wings and spikes added to the mold not only look cool, but different enough to warrant a purchase of this toy. This remold of the R.I.D. Wheeljack toy does some good things in the right ways to set it apart from it’s predecessor.

His weapon is new for this version as well. it’s a staff that can be gripped with both hands, and has a flat and very wide bladed tip at the end. On the reverse side of the blade, there is a section to insert a ring, which can actually be shot by pressing the staff forward towards the blade end.

The transformation is very similar to the original R.I.D. Wheeljack toy with a few twists to work around the added pieces to the mold. Although it comes together into a solid alt. mode, the transformation is very finicky due to the spikes and wings giving a lot less clearance for the twists and connections in the process. It was actually pretty frustrating the first time through, but after that it was much easier.

The alt. mode is actually the highlight of this toy for me. The remolded/retooled sections of the mold, as well as the additional paint detailing shine on this mode much more than the robot. His weapon actually looks very nice stored on top, too.

I do enjoy this toy and how much the new styling gives it a very different “vibe” than the toy it’s a retool of. However, that same retooling leads to problems in terms of poseability (ie: His wings block shoulder movement) and transformation. The alt. mode is just fantastic, however. Overall, a lot more positives than gripes, and I give this one the nod.

Overall Score: 7.0/10

Enjoy a few more pictures of this figure below! Remember to click the pictures to view larger resolutions:

Comments

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  • DMSL2007

    Don’t like this subline at all, hope the cartoon won’t depict this. Why can’t we get more G1 style action.

  • CodeXCDM

    Dead End in those colors would be interesting… but I was thinking more along the lines of making Slicer in these colors. (Probably wouldn’t happen officially since “Dark Energon” Wheeljack already sports the scheme.)

  • Joao Borges

    yeah, a beast hunters dead end!

  • TJ Duckett

    Oh SNAP! A deadend face and color scheme on this would be incredible!

  • craggylotus

    like the look of it. Not for Wheeljack. Kinda wish they’d held off on the wacky “Dead End” colours for this remold. That or slap some silver, red and gold on him and we’ve vehicle mode Snarl?

  • TJ Duckett

    Thanks!

  • TJ Duckett

    For sure. I’ll tell you though: Lazerback is the STUFF!

  • Vdecepticon

    Oh the Jacky from BH. Sweet review and keep up the awesome. :)

  • T16skyhopp

    I think this whole subline is an interesting mess. It’s such an odd situation, the toys look kinda neat, but I have no desire to own them.

  • TJ Duckett

    Hey, thanks man. And, I completely understand. Doesn’t seem like a line that’s gonna’ be for everyone.

  • TJ Duckett

    Looks to be cast that way on purpose to give them a more rock-like, prehistoric feel to their coloring.

  • DnycAlchemist

    Sorry TJ, I meant to say that I like the original prime wheel jack, this dude seem a little rushed.. But none the less it doesn’t take away from u the great review like always

  • Fro0lik

    What kind of backgrounds do you use for your reviews and photography? What are they made of?

  • DnycAlchemist

    I lie

  • Adrian Au

    Looks like the marbling (swirls) are cast into the plastic. Bumblebee seems to have it on his roof too. Do you think this was intentional or a QC issue?

    Regardless, I’m not liking the direction TF Prime is going with this Beast Hunters business. I understand they have to change up the toys or they’ll be releasing the same toys wave after wave but I don’t like this ‘same but with spikes’ aesthetic.

  • Kuma Style

    Woot! An actual TF Review! And a new figure! Ha!